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Augusta’s Goldenstein begins quest to repeat

Published Dec. 3 at 7:07 p.m. | Last updated Dec. 3 at 3:29 p.m.

It would be hard to imagine Augusta’s Jake Goldenstein having any room for improvement from last year’s wrestling season, when the then-sophomore finished with a perfect record and championship at 106 pounds.

But Goldenstein and Augusta coach Brandon Terry are already finding ways to make this season better.

“Last year was probably the best year I’ve had, but I’m focused on getting better this year,” Goldenstein said. “Just focusing on making myself better every match. Sometimes it’s hard and you lose track of that and get caught up in wins and losses, but I’ve got to stay focused.”

After defeating every opponent last season, and all but two in the past two seasons as an underclassman, it seems there’s not much more Goldenstein has to accomplish.

“I think there’s always improvement and it comes down to every match,” Terry said. “You could have beat this kid worse than that kid, you could have peaked a little better. You take it one match at a time, and instead of worrying about winning, you worry about performance.”

In his freshman season, Goldenstein only lost two matches at 106, the second one coming in the state championship match to Kapaun’s Parker Howell.

“Coming in his freshman year we knew he was solid, but we didn’t know how good he was,” Terry said.

Goldenstein’s determination showed through his improvements during his sophomore season, and after completing a clean sweep at 106, he is focused on three goals at his new weight class of 113: Don’t give up any takedowns, get 30 more pins, and win every match by pin or technical fall.

“I think that those goals are a good set of goals,” Terry said. “But really if you’re not going to give up a takedown, you’ve got to be pretty sharp.”

The challenge Goldenstein will face this year is one he should be familiar with from last season — getting each opponent’s best match.

“You do have a target on your back, and kids are looking to knock you off and sometimes other kids make that your goal,” Terry said. “I think that’s likely his biggest challenge, but everybody that he wrestles is capable of beating anybody, so he’ll just have to perform.”

Goldenstein’s strength is on his feet, limiting the number of takedowns he gives up, and positioning himself well. He is also a good leader, by setting an example for the other wrestlers on his team. But an emphasis on position from Augusta’s coaching staff this season will help Goldenstein work on staying mentally focused.

Augusta will be young after losing seven wrestlers, but Terry expects the Orioles to be a strong dual team again. Augusta will return three other state qualifiers with junior Nathan Moore at 120, and seniors Colton Clayborn at 160 and Wright Bosley at 182.

OTHER AREA WRESTLERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Andover: Jack Maki, 120, fr.; Paul Stewart, 113, fr.; AJ Scholfield, 220, sr.; Mike Lopez, 195, sr.; Griffin Bossingham, 126, so.

Andover Central: Jack Jacoby, 106, fr.; Dakota Rodd, 126, so.; Cameron Niemtschk, 132, sr.; Nic Augustin, 138, sr.; Paul Suhr, 152, sr.

Arkansas City: Logan Terrill, 113, jr.; Marco Perez, 126, jr.; Joey Defore, 132, sr.; Malcolm Pink, 220, sr.; Alex Breckenridge, 170, jr.

Augusta: Jake Goldenstein, 113, jr.; Nathan Moore, 120, jr.; Josh Moore, 126, so.; Colton Clayborn, 160, sr.; Wright Bosley, 182, sr.

Bluestem: Lane Moran, 152, so.; Casey Garner, 132, jr.

Buhler: Jesse James, 106, sr.; Chance Maynard, 113, sr.; Marcus Gaeddert, 145, sr.; Scott Whitson, 152, sr.; Jon Yates, 220, sr.

Campus: Mason McCracken, 120, sr.; Tyler Bastian, 285, jr.

Central-Burden: Dax Stephens, 145, sr.; Lucas McMichael, 152, so.; Tyler Klick, 285, sr.

Chaparral: Jaden Helms, 285, jr.; Chandler Calderon, 132, jr.; Gavin Farzi, 160, so.

Circle: Zeb Edison, 132, sr.; Ridge Walker, 182, sr.

Derby: Cody McDonald, 113, jr.; Garrett Xanders, 126, so.; Blake Bradford, 195, sr.; Jose R. Santillan, 170, sr.; Braden Dipman, 106, jr.

Eisenhower: KC Lindsey, 120, sr.; Logan Cressler, 126, sr.; Jordan Burdan, 132, so.; Denton Russell, 138, jr.; Eann Ellingson, 145, so.; Ryan Shay, 182, jr.

Garden Plain: Jadyn Schulte, 132, so.; Gunnar Gassmann, 120, jr.; Austin Williams, 220, sr.

Goddard: Christian Bowen, 120, so.; Christian Frame, 145, sr.; Brett Woodruff, 152, jr.; Dakota Driskill, 182, jr.

Hutchinson: Sam Vasquez, 126, so.; Zach Carpenter, 138, sr.; Jared Page, 170, sr.; Darryon Cushinberry, 182, sr.; Lex Plummer, 285, sr.

Independent: Cade Dotson, 160, so.; Chase Bowman, 132, fr.; Garnett Tate, 152, fr.

Maize: Kane Crider, 113, sr.; Landon Wood, 120, so.; Jacob Wilgers, 126, sr.; Brett Moon, 152, so.; Fernando Nuno, 138, sr.

Maize South: Rylan Kasitz, 106, so.; Kevin Kissane, 138, jr.; Jared Hydock, 152, sr.; Shelton Robison, 182, sr.; Josh Moyer, 160, sr.

McPherson: Todd Graber, 145, sr.

Mulvane: Anthony Scantlin, 120, fr.; Blake Kusik, 132, sr.; Connor Penka, 138, so.; Logan Elliott, 152, so.; Evan Elston ,170, sr.

Newton: Logan Treaster, 106, fr.; Elijah Johns, 138, sr.; Heydon Mock, 172, sr.; Jared Langley, 182, jr.; Raymond Gallegos, 285, sr.

Rose Hill: Jake Wilson, 126, sr.; Toby Gray, 126, jr.; Kyle Loecke, 138, sr.; Nathan Lamb, 132, jr.

Valley Center: Ryan Delforge, 113, so.; David Ortiz, 132, sr.; Braden Holle, 138, sr.